Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan will be looking to implement UEFA B licence level coaching experience into his side at Cinder Lane next season after completing the classroom sessions this week.
Former Gloucester City forward Bevan joined a whole host of Football League talent on the course, including former Bristol Rovers midfielder John-Joe O’Toole and last season’s Gloucester City loanee Fabien Robert and has talked to Severn Sport about the experience.
“I’ve completed all the theory and classroom based activity and I’ve got a project to complete as well as having some of my sessions at Fairford assessed in the coming months. Fingers crossed I hope to get signed off and completed before the end of the year.
The course itself has been great, a real eye opener. I was fortunate to have the chance of doing the course through the PFA and therefore doing the theory intensively over 2 weeks with 15 others. The majority of the group were current players who had been playing professionally. The course was very much geared up to the professional game and the attention to detail that is expected at that level is really something and far beyond what I have experienced in the Southern League and Hellenic League.”
I’ve done plenty of training courses over the years through work and football and I have learnt to go in to them all with an open mind. Mike Cook had said before hand that I would enjoy it and he was not wrong. What I had not anticipated was quite how demanding the course would be mentally and physically.” Bevan said.
With such an intense course under his belt, we asked Bevan whether this would have an impact to his ideology and approach to coaching at Cinder Lane this term and the Fairford manager admitted the course has opened his eyes.
“The current buzzword as a coach is that you have a philosophy. Previously I was quite ambivalent about this saying that my philosophy was simply to win football matches. Having been on the course I realise this is more of a case of expressing my values, morals and character into the way I coach.
I was very clear last season that I wanted to build a football club at Fairford that had values that I felt were fundamental to what I want to have at a non-league football club such as respect, pride, discipline in fairness and we definitely achieved that. The next step is to get a playing style that is our own and reflects the way I want us to play.”
With a new outlook on coaching and approach to his side, Bevan confirmed he is fully committed to Fairford Town and is looking to build on an improved season in the Hellenic League last season, when the 2019/20 season kicks off in August.
“I am solely focussed on Fairford at the moment. I have been extremely fortunate to become manager of a football club where I have been almost given a blank canvas to project my vision of how a football club at this level should be run. That is extremely rare and I cannot thank Stuart Pike, Dave Bartlett and Mike Tanner enough for the support and backing they have given me over the last 2 years.
I really want to repay that faith and bring success to the club over the next 2 or 3 years. I realise that I have been fortunate to have a diverse coaching journey to date. Having coached my son’s team at Abbeymead Rovers for the last 6 years and then spells as assistant manager at Shortwood United and Cirencester Town before becoming a manager in my own right at Fairford 2 years ago.
Yes one day I would love to coach at a higher level and I hope to be able to achieve that with Fairford. I am not one for focussing on long term career goals. Instead I would rather ensure I maintain my love and enthusiasm for football and enjoy the journey along the way.”